Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Movies

I stumbled upon It's a Wonderful Life when I was freshman at college.  I tried to watch it every year I could, until the year it was on non-stop for at least 24 hours.  I did watch it, but I kind of got tired of it...

I love Dicken's A Christmas Carol. I am not sure which version I like, but I will watch it hopefully at least once during the Christmas season.  I frequently also read the book, often in one night, Christmas Eve, or thereabouts.

I was a late comer to the movie A Christmas Story. It is wonderful, hilarious, has so many great moments and is just fun.. Did you know that the house where the movie was filmed in Cleveland has been restored and is open as a museum?

There is White Christmas from Irving Berlin, and which this year, is having it's own 24 hour marathon.  But wait, the song I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas was actually introduced in another Irving Berlin movie, also starring Bing Crosby, called Holiday Inn

Not a movie about Christmas, but set in the season is a favorite movie of mine: Desk Set. One of the main characters, Bunny Watson is played by Katharine Hepburn, and is a reference librarian. I have always identified with her character since the first time I saw the movie.  And, my director long ago identified me with that character, also...

Last year, at Christmas time, the Hallmark TV channel had several movies about life, family, love, and careers that were set during the holiday season.. They were schmaltzy but good. just the same.

I am sure that there are other Christmas classics out there.  Would you care to share your favorites with me?

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Blogger linda said...

I hate A Christmas Story. Well, hate is too strong a word for the holiday season. :) But I just do not get the fuss over that movie, and believe me, there is a fuss. Everyone I know goes bananas at the mere mention of it.

My favorite holiday movie, on so many levels, is Miracle on 34th St with Edmund Gwenn(sp?), Natalie Wood, and Maureen O'Hara. Splendid!

December 13, 2010 12:30 PM  
Blogger jnap said...

Oh Wow, I totally forgot about Miracle on 34th St. And the version Linda refers to is the best, but not one of my most favorite Christmas movies... A good one, though.

Why A Christmas Story... For me, there are so many cliches: freezing your tongue on a pole; being so dressed up with winter clothes you can not move; washing your mouth out with soap; parents reporting evil deeds to other parents and being accepted; breaking your glasses is a major no no; everybody heard about the dangers of a BB gun; the department store Santa Claus; the fabulous toy display; the mother who had time to be a mother. These are experiences that were very real to my life. So how could I not relate?

December 13, 2010 9:33 PM  

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